Quick answer
"Dale" is an interjection which is often translated as "go ahead", and "chico" is an adjective which is often translated as "small". Learn more about the difference between "dale" and "chico" below.
dale(
dah
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leh
)
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1. (encouraging someone to do something)
a. go ahead
¿Quieres dejar tu trabajo? Dale, pues.You want to quit your job? Go ahead, then.
b. do it
Debes ir a saludar esa chica. ¡Dale!You should go say hi to that girl. Do it!
c. go for it
Tienes que jugar mejor si quieres ganar. ¡Dale!You have to play better if you want to win. Go for it!
2. (expressing agreement)
a. okay
¿Quieres cenar afuera esta noche? Dale.Do you want to eat out tonight? Okay.
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chico(
chee
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koh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (size)
a. small
Compramos un auto chico.We bought a small car.
b. little
Hay una cabaña chica en el bosque.There is a little cabin in the woods.
2. (related to age)
a. young
Sus hijos aún son chicos.Her children are still young.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
3. (young person)
a. kid
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Qué chico más cómico!What a funny kid!
b. boy (masculine)
Es un chico muy perseverante.He's a very determined boy.
c. girl (feminine)
Es una chica muy inteligente.She's a very intelligent girl.
4. (romantic partner)
a. boyfriend (masculine)
Este es mi chico, Darío.This is my boyfriend, Dario.
b. girlfriend (feminine)
¿Sabías que Óscar tiene una chica nueva?Did you know Oscar has a new girlfriend?
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(form of address)
a. man
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Chico, no tienes idea.Man, you have no idea.
b. dude
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¡Ya vámonos de aquí, chico!Let's get out of here, dude!
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